What Queen Camilla, Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte wore for coronation day — and what it means
Queen Camilla for her coronation sported an ivory-and-gold gown designed by one of the royals’ favorite designers, Bruce Oldfield.
The tailored frock was detailed with daisy chains, forget-me-nots, celandine and scarlet pimpernel from fields and hedgerows, “representing The King and The Queen Consort’s affection for nature and the British countryside,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. Gold and silver thread also weaved in and out around the flowers.
“Embellishing the front hem area of the underskirt and the cuffs of each sleeve are the flower emblems of the four nations of the United Kingdom — a rose, a thistle, a daffodil and a shamrock,” the statement noted.
The queen also included her rescue dogs, Bluebell and Beth, with two embroidered Jack Russell terriers near the hem of her gown. Camilla finished off the look with sparkling diamonds and shoes designed by British designer Elliot Zed.
It’s far from the first time Camilla has worked with Oldfield. She wore one of his looks to the 2016 state opening of Parliament and to the 2021 premiere of the James Bond flick “No Time to Die.” She also sported a lace evening gown in royal blue made by the designer for her photo shoot with British Vogue in July 2022.
Meanwhile, Kate Middleton and her 8-year-old daughter, Charlotte, wore matching looks by Alexander McQueen, who also designed Kate’s wedding dress. For the coronation, the Princess of Wales and her lookalike daughter wore white gowns, both of them with “silver bullion and thread work embroidery featuring rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs,” the palace said.
Kate also added some jewels as an homage to the royal women of the past. The pearl and diamond earrings she wore belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, while her George VI Festoon Necklace was made at the request of King George for his daughter Elizabeth.
Both Kate and Charlotte sported matching three-dimensional leaf headpieces designed by milliner Jess Collett, who was a recipient of a loan from Charles’ long-running charity The Prince’s Trust, which offers young people training programs, financial support and more to help them succeed.
“It was 25 years ago that I secured my first loan from the @princestrust to start Jess Collett Milliner,” the designer wrote on Instagram. “Thank you King Charles and @theprincestrust for your support.”
At the request of the king and queen, Prince William and Princess Kate also wore formal robes and mantels for the coronation.